We’re really thrilled to announce that West Hampshire CCG has won ‘Highly Commended’ in the field of Prescribing and Stewardship at the 5th Annual Antibiotic Guardian Awards on Thursday 26 November. The awards celebrate the work of healthcare professionals across the UK and worldwide in tackling antimicrobial resistance.
The Antibiotic Guardian campaign aims to increase commitment and raise awareness among the public and healthcare professionals about how we can slow the development of resistant bacteria and prevent the overuse and unnecessary use of antibiotics. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments, including surgery and chemotherapy, will become increasingly dangerous and currently treatable infections will become difficult or even impossible to treat.
In autumn 2018, West Hampshire CCG offered its 49 practices an educational outreach meeting aimed at reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, especially focusing on respiratory tract infections in young children that are likely to clear up on their own. This approach resulted in a 19% reduction in antibiotic prescribing in 0-4 year olds between winter 2017/18 and winter 2018/19, compared to an average 6% reduction across England. Consultation rates in primary care for this age group fell by 4% during the same time period.
The initiative provides a cost-effective intervention with great results, that can easily be rolled out across other areas, so it’s great to see it being recognized in such a positive way.